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The Expendables Review

If you are anything like me then I’ll bet when you heard about this movie you were super excited for it and couldn’t wait for it to come out. I mean how could you not be excited, this movie has action stars from the past and the present. However as the year went by and more trailers came out and the movie was quickly approaching its release date, I had a terrible feeling that this movie wasn’t going to be all that…damn I hate my instincts…

The plot of the film has Sylvester Stallone leading a group of mercenaries known as the Expendables; they are ex-military soldiers highly trained in different areas. They are given the task with taking down a corrupt dictator in the country of Vilena.

Like I said this film is packed with action stars (just take a look at the picture) and only one of them managed to grab my attention throughout the whole film. Mickey Rourke is an amazing actor; he is truly the comeback kid (along with Mr. Downey Jr.). Rourke showed his acting chops in an impressive monologue where he spoke of his past as a soldier and why he left. It was a tear jerker since you can feel his pain and raw emotion. Its kind of funny, that Stallone and Statham shared most of the screen time and Rourke gave a great performance within his short time. As for the rest of the cast they are all just damn good fighters, but half the time I almost forgot they were even there. Even the on-screen team up of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone wasn’t even that great. I can’t even say it was that cool, it was just dull and boring to be honest.

What the film was good at however was the action; this was truly a summer a flick. There are explosions everywhere; firefights are a happening all over the place; people are getting torn apart; heads are blown off…if you just want to see this for the action, then this does deliver fairly well.

What else can I say about this film? If you are looking for a straight up action flick, where you stare at the screen not having to think about anything…this is for you; just sit back and enjoy the action. However if you want something with a little more substance and character development I believe Inception is still in theatres.

Rating: 2.5/5

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